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Reconstructing Judaism's statement on the formation of a New Israeli Government

11/21/2022 10:45:22 AM

Nov21

This statement was posted on Reconstructing Judaism's website on November 18, 2022:

Reconstructing Judaism and the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association fully endorse and support the recent statement made by the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) on the formation of the new Israeli Government. WUPJ is the international network of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving an estimated 1.8 million members worldwide in more than 1,250 congregations in over 50 countries. The WUPJ statement reads as follows:
 
"The State of Israel and the world’s Jewish Diaspora communities have a relationship built on a common history and shared values.
 
The reality of a ruling coalition in Israel that will include dozens of Knesset members who freely express racist, homophobic and anti-democratic beliefs is frightening and is an anathema to Progressive Judaism.
 
It has potential catastrophic consequences for both Israel’s democratic character and Israel-Diaspora relations.
 
The World Union for Progressive Judaism calls on Benjamin Netanyahu to use his return to Israel’s premiership to create a broad and centrist Government that is embracing of human and economic rights and dignity, instead of one that will further normalize Kahanist and other ultra-Nationalists.
 
Putting individuals in high office who seek to further alienate Diaspora and Progressive Jews will serve no good end."
 
Rabbi Sergio Bergman
WUPJ President
 
Carole Sterling
WUPJ Chair

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